Commercialisation of research: the cultural challenge

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
11:00 to 12:15
Session 6.8. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

As research becomes an increasingly valuable commodity for countries moving from manufacturing-based economies to knowledge-based ones, new challenges are arising for government, industry and universities alike.  The essential role and culture of research is coming into question, demanding the attention of the international education community.

This session examines research conducted in the UK, South Korea, Hong Kong and Brazil looking at national policies on the commercialisation of research.  Many of the themes initially emerged at the East Asia British Council Global Education Dialogue in Australia. In ‘Going Global’ these are being brought for discussion to a wider international audience.

Sophia Chan-Combrink
Head of Education and Society, British Council, Hong Kong, SAR

Sophia Chan-Combrink is the Head of Education and Society of the British Council in Hong Kong. Previously, she was the Director of Education at a Canadian environmental education organisation. Other career highlights include working for the United Nations’ Dams and Development Unit and Environment Canada, the Canadian government’s ministry of the environment. Session 6.8

Sophia Chan-Combrink

Professor Sir Ian Diamond
Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen, UK

Sir Ian Diamond was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He was also Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group, the umbrella body that represents all seven UK Research Councils. Before joining the ESRC, Sir Ian was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, where he had been for most of his career. Session 6.8

Professor Sir Ian Diamond

Kirsten Freeman
Deputy Director, British Council, Australia

Kirsten leads on Education and Science activities for British Council Australia. Prior to the British Council, she worked for Monash University as a Faculty lead for domestic and international marketing and student recruitment. Previous roles have been in the cultural sector in programming, marketing and strategy. Session 6.8

Kirsten Freeman

Professor Álvaro Penteado Crosta
Vice-Rector, UNICAMP, Brazil

Professor Crósta is an authority on meteorite impact processes and remote sensing applied to mineral exploration. Crósta got a Bachelor's degree in geology from the University of São Paulo, a Master's degree from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), and a Ph.D from Imperial College London. He was appointed Vice Rector in 2013. Session 6.8

Professor Álvaro Penteado Crósta

Professor Seung Ryul Jeong
Vice-President - Office of International Affairs, Kookmin University, South Korea

Dr Seung Ryul JEONG also currently serves as the President of KAFSA (Korean Association of Foreign Student Administrators). He has been actively promoting campus globalization and his efforts have resulted in a tripling in the number of foreign students at Kookmin University between 2009-2014. Dr. Jeong has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Merit Award for National Informatization from the Prime Minister's Office of Korea. Session 4.2 Session 6.8

Professor Seung Ryul Jeong

Dr David Secher
Founder, Praxis; Patron and Member - International Committee, PraxisUnico, UK

Dr David Secher is an independent consultant in the areas of research commercialisation, intellectual property and technology transfer  - in the UK and internationally.  He is based in the University of Cambridge and is a Life Fellow and Senior Bursar of Gonville and Caius College. In 2002, together with Lita Nelsen of MIT, he founded Praxis (now PraxisUnico), the leading UK technology transfer training organisation. Session 6.8

Dr David Secher

Dr Alfred Tan Keng Tiong
Head of Knowledge Transfer Office, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong SAR

Dr Tan is an entrepreneur, an IP attorney, an engineer, a research scientist, an inventor and a university senior administrator all rolled in one. He started his career in academia before embarking to successfully lead his own technology start-up. Dr Tan is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of Engineers Australia. He is also a registered Australian Trade Marks attorney, a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst and an often-referenced patent consultant. Session 6.8

Dr Alfred Tan Keng Tiong